Latest from Kenneth R. Harney

Lawsuits over who should pay buyer’s agent could upend housing market

Similar antitrust complaints filed against NAR, other brokerage giants.
  • May 15, 2019

Whistleblowers’ claims revive class-action suit against Zillow

Case focuses on online real estate giant’s co-marketing program for agents, lenders.
  • May 8, 2019

Overall, massive tax overhaul hasn’t hurt home values

Studies show slowdown in sales but no net price declines.
  • Apr 24, 2019

Cash-out refinancings, HELOCs are down. Economists aren’t totally sure why.

Both forms of equity extraction hit historic highs a decade ago. But recently, activity has declined.
  • Apr 17, 2019

Is spring going to be a Goldilocks housing season for everybody?

This view that the market will be good for sellers and buyers could be a fairy tale.
  • Apr 10, 2019

Need a boost to your credit rating? These new financial tools might help.

All come from well-established players: FICO, Experian and CreditXpert.
  • Apr 3, 2019

New FHA rules make it tougher for people with heavy debt to get a mortgage

Agency’s move is sparked by disturbing trends in the quality of loans from lenders.
  • Mar 27, 2019

Five major real estate firms face far-reaching antitrust lawsuit

Class-action case could affect buyer commissions.
  • Mar 20, 2019

If you’re self-employed or a ‘gig’ worker, getting a mortgage just got easier

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae now use optical character recognition technology to speed up the approval process for freelancers.
  • Mar 13, 2019

Zillow faces $60 million suit over hacked listing of L.A. mansion

Lawyers say online real estate firm was negligent in allowing false and harmful information to be posted about the property.
  • Mar 6, 2019